Owners consistently vaccinate their dog against rabies and distemper, but some may not know the importance of vaccinating for Kennel Cough. This is a disease that can be caused by several factors, the most common of which is Bordetella Bronchiseptica.

HOWEVER, DON’T BARK AT YOUR VETERINARIAN if she didn’t suggest you vaccinate against this disease. Not knowing you intended to take your dog to daycare or boarding, she would not typically recommend it.

Transmitted through contaminated surfaces from other dogs such as water bowls, food bowls, or airborne droplets, kennel cough is very contagious. Note: While rare, humans with compromised immune systems can contract Bordetella from their pet.

Symptoms for kennel cough include:
• Persistent, Hacking Cough
• Difficulty Swallowing
• Shortness of Breath
• Fever

Mild cases can be treated within a week or two of rest, but your veterinarian may also prescribe an antibiotic for your pup.

The best ways to protect your dog from getting kennel cough is by keeping the Bordetella vaccination up to date. In addition, ensure that your dog is drinking fresh water from clean water bowls.

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